Adobe Walls: The History and Archaeology of the 1874 Trading Post

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"In the spring of 1874 a handful of men and one woman set out for the Texas Panhandle to seek their fortunes in the great buffalo hunt. Moving south to follow the herds, they intended to establish a trading post to serve the hunter, or "hide men." At a place called Adobe Walls they dug blocks from the sod and built their center of operations." "After only a few months, angry members of several Plains Indian tribes, whose physical and cultural survival depended on the great bison herd that was rapidly shrinking, attacked the post. Initially
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Overview

"In the spring of 1874 a handful of men and one woman set out for the Texas Panhandle to seek their fortunes in the great buffalo hunt. Moving south to follow the herds, they intended to establish a trading post to serve the hunter, or "hide men." At a place called Adobe Walls they dug blocks from the sod and built their center of operations." "After only a few months, angry members of several Plains Indian tribes, whose physical and cultural survival depended on the great bison herd that was rapidly shrinking, attacked the post. Initially defeated, the attacking Indians retreated. But the defenders also retreated, leaving the deserted post to be burned by Indians intent on erasing all traces of the white man's presence. Nonetheless, tracings did remain, and in the ashes and dirt were buried minute details of the hide men's lives and the battle that so suddenly changed them." The authors of this book, a historian and an archaeologist, have dug into the sod and into far-flung archives to sift reality from the long-romanticized story of Adobe Walls, its residents, and the Indians who so fiercely resented their presence. The full story of Adobe Walls now tells us much about the life and work of hide men, about the dying of the Plains Indian culture, and about the march of white commerce across the frontier.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890962435
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1986
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author


T. Lindsay Baker, the award-winning author of many book, is the director of the Texas Heritage Museum at Hill County College in Hillsboro, Texas.Billy R. Harrison is curator of archeology at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas. A graduate of West Texas State University;, he has excavated historic and prehistoric sites and structures in Alaska and at the French Legation in Austin, Texas. He is the author of a book on the Lake Theo site as well as of articles on other archeological sites in Texas.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii
List of Maps xi
List of Tables xiii
Foreword xv
Introduction xvii
Part 1 History
Chapter 1. The Hide Men Come to Adobe Walls 3
Chapter 2. Seeds of Unrest Flower into Violence 39
Chapter 3. The Battle of Adobe Walls 50
Chapter 4. Who Was Really There? 75
Chapter 5. Adobe Walls after the Fight 93
Chapter 6. Adobe Walls since 1874 110
Part 2 Archeology
Chapter 7. The Setting 125
Chapter 8. Overview of the Site and Field Work 130
Chapter 9. Structures 137
Chapter 10. Building Furnishings 174
Chapter 11. Tools and Equipment 182
Chapter 12. Transportation 232
Chapter 13. Containers 238
Chapter 14. Personal Artifacts 251
Chapter 15. Unclassifiable, Geologic, and Zoological Artifacts 279
Chapter 16. Conclusion 289
Notes 295
Bibliography 343
Index 393
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  • Posted April 8, 2009

    Adobe Walls: The History and Archaeology of the 1874 Trading Post is both interesting and informative. It gives an indepth view of both the individuals involved. It corrects many myths, and collaborates many facts that have grown to be legend.

    Having been a resident of Texas for 35 years (now 29 years removed), and an amatuer archaeologist and volunteer to many professional excavations associated with West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M), I can attest to, and appreciate the love and labor that went into this book. I knew Billy Harrison personally. He wrote a professional report for the Texas Archaelogical Society, 1974, of an infant burial I had discovered. As one who has experienced the West Texas summer heat, the "skitters", the sand fleas, and the rattlesnakes,one can appreciate the first portion of work for the basis of this book. The other portion, the articulation of four years of field work, the historical research and narration for the publication is to be commended, especially in view of Billy's untimely death. I highly recomment this book to both history buffs, and archaelogical minded individuals.

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